I agree with this. Usually I dislike ‘personality’ players quite a lot. I just don’t often see many whose impact on the game merits their propensity to get fiery or have a blow up on the sidelines. At best, a team comprised of this might burn bright and achieve great success but very quickly implode. Seahawks/Eagles/Steelers are some examples that come to mind. It’s important to note that any of those examples, even though I’m talking about my disdain for them, were better teams than the Browns have been.
But what I will say is, there are certain players that make a team better through their fiery moments. Some call it a double standard but that’s nonsense, imo. It really comes down to one thing for me. If there’s a guy who I’m cool with showing some fire or getting het up from time to time, it damn well better be the QB and he damn well better be a great player.
That’s why Brady flipping his lid every now and then is never a deal. He has so much standing and equity that his teammates know... if this guy is pissed off, it’s for a genuine reason, let’s turn the energy up and get things done.
I have zero interest in Antonio Brown throwing Gatorade buckets and shoving coaches. You’re a receiver, bro. You aren’t the leader. You wouldn’t catch a ball if someone else didn’t throw it to you. All you end up doing is souring the rest of the team towards your personality and high maintenance behaviour.
Now to the Browns.
Odell is a great player. Just like Antonio Brown is. But this team doesn’t need him proposing to kicking nets or sitting by himself and kicking out in frustration. As great as he is, he’s not our leader. And he’s still just a receiver.
Our leader is Baker Mayfield. It has to be. Thankfully, he’s genuine enough in his desire to be a winner and love for his teammates that I think we are one of the few teams that would actually benefit from him being fiery or having a moment when he needs to.
There is a difference between being the Miami Hurricanes where everyone is pure emotion and the New England Patriots where the greatest qb ever gets angry a few times a season.
The Miami Hurricanes would not work in the pros, and we do need to make sure we don’t fall into that territory, imo. We should be leaning more towards the Pats. A QB that everyone respects and understands is the true leader. Follow his passion and let him lead.